William Starr Basinger collection

William Starr Basinger collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Basinger, William Starr, 1827-1910
Title: William Starr Basinger collection
Dates: 1889-1932
Quantity: 0.5 Linear feet (5 volumes)
Coll. Number: ms138

Biographical/Historical Note

William Starr Basinger (1827-1910) was a lawyer, military officer, and President of North Georgia Agricultural College.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of four manuscript volumes titled Personal reminiscences, created by William Starr Basinger, dated 1889-1896. The four volumes of handwritten reminiscences include histories of the Basinger and Starr families; involvement of William Elon Basinger in Dade's Battle of the 2nd Seminole War in Florida; going to college at the University of Georgia; and the law profession. Volumes also contain details of Basinger’s involvement in the Savannah Volunteer Guards (later the 8th Georgia Battalion) during the American Civil War. Basinger was stationed in Ft. Screven, Savannah, Ft. Boggs and Ft. Wagoner in Charleston, and near Richmond, VA, where he was captured and sent to prison on Johnson's Island, OH. Basinger also discusses his activities after the war including his move to Dahlonega, Georgia and his presidency at the North Georgia Agricultural College. The fifth volume in the collections, Savannah Volunteer Guards, is a composite typescript, taken in part from Basinger’s Personal reminiscences.

Index Terms

Basinger family
Clippings (information artifacts)
Confederate States of America. Army. Georgia Infantry Battalion, 18th.
Dade Massacre, Fla., 1835.
Dahlonega (Ga.)--Social life and customs.
Johnson Island Prison.
Manuscripts (documents)
Prisoners of war--Ohio--Johnson Island.
Savannah (Ga.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Savannah (Ga.)--Social life and customs.
Savannah Volunteer Guards, Inc.
Starr family
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Prisoners and prisons.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

William Starr Basinger collection, ms138, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11v. 1 Personal Reminiscences
v. 2 Personal Reminiscences
v. 3 Personal Reminiscences
v. 4 Personal Reminiscences
v. 5 Savannah Volunteer Guards
1Loose materials from v. 3-4